Lizzo Responds To Kanye West’s Body-Shaming Comments

Lizzo has spoken out after Kanye West commented on her weight while ripping into the body positivity movement in a Tucker Carlson interview.
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Lizzo has spoken out after Kanye West commented on her weight while ripping into the body positivity movement.

The Yeezy founder, 45, sat down with Fox News host Tucker Carlson after his controversial Paris Fashion Week show where he wore a ‘racist’ White Lives Matter t-shirt.

Kim Kardashian’s ex spoke about many things in the interview, from his ex-wife to his pro-life stance, his support of Donald Trump to his views on the body positivity movement.

The ‘Bound 2’ rapper brought up a story about how his ‘good friend’ Lizzo, 34, often gets attacked on social media by ‘bots’ whenever she announces she’s lost weight.

Watch as Kanye West discusses Lizzo and the ‘demonic’ promotion of obesity in the media…

The ‘Heartless’ singer said: “When Lizzo loses 10 pounds and announces it, the bots… on Instagram, they attack her losing weight because the media wants to put out a perception that being overweight is the new goal when it’s actually unhealthy.”

Pressed further by Carlson, he claimed: “It’s actually clinically unhealthy. And for people to promote that, it’s demonic. It’s the genocide of the Black race. They want to kill us in any way they can.”

Lizzo, an advocate of body positivity, appeared to address the comments during her show in Toronto on October 7, though she did not mention Ye by name.

She told the crowd: “I feel like everybody in America got my motherf***ing name in [their] motherf***ing mouth for no motherf***ing reason.

“I’m minding my fat Black beautiful business.”

The ‘About Damn Time’ singer has previously had to respond to unsolicited comments about her appearance after comedian Aries Spears made ‘fatphobic’ comments about her during a The Art of Dialogue interview.

He said during a discussion about Grammy-winning Lizzo: “I can’t get past the fact she looks like the s*** emoji.”

During her acceptance speech at the MTV VMA’s in August, Lizzo said: “And now, to the b****es that got something to say about me in the press.

After referencing Nicki Minaj’s infamous quip towards Miley Cyrus in 2015, she continued: “You know what, I’m not gonna say nothing.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Carlson asked the ‘Gold Digger’ rapper about wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt during Paris Fashion Week alongside right-wing commentator Candace Owens.

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‘White Lives Matter’ has been classified as a ‘white supremacist phrase’ by the Anti-Defamation League.

Several fashion insiders walked out of his ‘Yeezy Season 9’ runway in Paris after seeing the shirts, including Will Smith’s son, Jaden, according to Page Six.

‘Black Lives Matter’ also issued a statement last week condemning the ‘racist’ shirts, saying they ‘harm families fighting for justice’.

Vogue associate editor and stylist Gabriella-Karefa Johnson labelled the designs ‘deeply offensive, violent and dangerous’, which Ye responded to by publicly ridiculing her personal style.

This prompted the likes of Gigi Hadid and Hailey Bieber to jump to her defence and criticise West.

Page Six sources said Ye was ‘baffled’ by the negative reaction and that he believes it’s a ‘PC thing’.

West explained to Carlson: “They’re looking for an explanation – as an artist, you don’t have to give an explanation, but as a leader, you do.

“So the answer to why I wrote ‘White Lives Matter’ on a shirt is, they do. It’s an obvious thing.”

The ‘Donda’ creator also blamed a ‘group mob’ of liberals for the backlash.

He said: “I do certain things from a feeling.

“I just channel the energy, it just feels right. It’s using a gut instinct, a connection with God and just brilliance.”

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Ye added that his father, a former member of the Black Panther Party – an organisation promoting Black nationalism that is against police brutality – appreciated the tees.

“I thought the shirt was a funny shirt,” West continued. “I thought the idea of wearing it was funny.

“And I said, ‘Dad, why do you think it’s funny?’ And he said, ‘Just a Black man stating the obvious.’”

With his Yeezy Adidas deal said to be in jeopardy as a result of the controversial T-shirts, West says he won’t apologise and plans to continue wearing, and distributing them.

He told Carlson: “I had someone call me last night and said, ‘Anybody wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt is going to be green-lit’. That means they are going to beat them up if they wear it.

“I’m like, you know, ‘Okay, green-light me, then’.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.